Start 2020 with a blast: PhD at LVN’s group


We seek to recruit a highly motivated and talented PhD student in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow within the research group of Dr Laia Vilà-Nadal. The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary effort aimed at applying the concept of ‘materials by design’ to metal oxide chemistry synthesis. For more information see the link below.

Elegibility criteria: We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person with good interpersonal skills and a keen interest in research. The ideal student will have a strong undergraduate degree (2:1 or higher) in a STEM subject (chemistry/physics/engineering or similar), or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in chemistry, physics or materials science.

Hablando con Científicos (radio interview in spanish)

Dr Nadal was interviewed in Hablando con Científicos by Ángel Rodríguez LozanoThe 1h interview podcast in spanish can be found (here). That was a great outreach oportunity since this program is distributed on-line and had recieved more than 30M of downloads over the past 10 years! Thanks for having us radio[@]


2018 NCATS ASPIRE Design Challenges

Dr Nadal is part of the team selected by the National Institutes of Health(NIH) NCATS Aspire Challenge winners to find an Integrated Solution for Translational Innovation in Pain, Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose

Talk in FMOCS VI

Dr Vilà-Nadal will present a contributed talk in the sixth biennial meeting of the international forum “Frontiers in Metal Oxide Cluster Science” .
This FMOCS conference will be held in Corvallis, Oregon, on the West Coast of the United States, from August 19th to August 22nd. 
Looking forward to meet the polyoxometalate community and discuss the recent advances.

EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core-2019

Kick-off meeting International Network on Polyoxometalate Science for Advanced Energy Materials, Hiroshima, Japan, July 16th-18th

Dr Vilà-Nadal presented her work in the kick-off meeting for the EPSRC-JSPS Core-to-Core. This was a great opportunity to meet with old friends and interact with new researchers in the area and establish new interactions.


The 10th and 11th of July Dr Vilà-Nadal represented the Glasgow Polyoxometalate umbrella at CNRS POM-IRN (International Research Network) at CNRS Ile-de-France Gif-sur-Yvette. That was a 2 day meeting to enhance the European network of polyoxometalates, organize future conferences, student exchange, and setting the agenda for the next initiatives.

ScotCHEM’s new research leaders

The 17th June 2019 at the shiny new V&A museum in Dundee Dr Vilà-Nadal took part in a workshop bringing together industrialists, artists and ScotCHEM’s new research leaders. That was an enlightening experience organized by Scotchchem, the meeting   was focussed on innovation, early career researchers (ECR) networking and engagement with industrial contacts.  Laia had the chance to meet with a broad range of fellow ECRs from across Scotland. The workshop gave some insight into how to successfully develop industrial collaborations, and talks by some companies on the how/what/why of their interactions with academics.